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CONGRESS BANS INCANDESCENT BULBS IN FAVOR OF POISONOUS CFLs: Duped by global warming madness (w/video)

February 25, 2010

In the middle of December of 2007, our government was duped into believing that man-caused global warming was going to bake us to death and that our elite Congress and President just had to ‘do something’ about it.  They did.  By passing the Energy Independence and Security Act, signed by President Bush(43) on December 19, 2007, our ‘representative’ government effectively outlawed the incandescent light bulb.  The new lighting source seems to be the Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL), made in Communist China.  The party-line Legislators who support this hysteria are Political Lemmings.

When Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) learned of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report (released 02/02/2007), she signaled Congress’ intent to act during her remarks before the Committee: “We hold our children’s future in our hands – not our grandchildren, or great-grandchildren, but our own children.  As the most adaptable creatures on the planet, it is time for us to adapt,” stated Pelosi.

From the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology: 

The IPCC report noted that our climate is changing and we need to take immediate action to understand how best to adapt to those changes.  The report found that our climate’s rising temperatures have made hurricanes stronger, sea levels rise, and affected regional climate patterns – to name only a few affects.

One of the chief and most outspoken proponents of man-caused global warming is former Vice-President Al Gore.  Al Gore has done well for himself hawking ‘the earth is burning’ concept world-wide.  From the year 2000, public servant Gore has increased his personal worth from $1Million in the bank to over $100 Million (Nov. 2007) as ‘Consultant’ Gore.  Al Gore may be the first ‘Carbon Credits’ Billionaire, especially if our government converts tax dollars to Carbon Credits and begins to trade them on the open market.  Can you say:  ‘profit motive’, when it comes to man-caused global warming and Al Gore?

Al Gore sued by over 30,000 Scientists for Global Warming fraud,  John Coleman, a real climate scientist and founder of The Weather Chanel asserts,  (5:24 video):

From Gore’s influence and the often-proven corrupt United Nations IPCC report, 379 out of 545 Congressmen and Senators voted to remove the incandescent light bulb from America.  The President signed this horrible legislation to law.  The phased withdrawal of incandescent bulbs begins in 2012, with the 100watt bulbs and in the following two years, all of the bulbs will become illegal, ending in 2014, with the lowly 40watt bulbs.  Do any of you, good readers remember your Congressman or Senator asking what you think about this legislation?  I do not; no town hall meetings were held on this subject that affects us all.

We are now urged by the various networks:  MSNBC, CNBC & NBC to buy CFLs because they will protect the planet from ‘greenhouse gasses’ and be energy efficient.  General Electric owns the above-mentioned networks and imports the Communist China-made CFLs for sale in America.  There is a huge profit margin with CFLs and that is why GE Lighting has eliminated more than 70% of the American jobs in manufacturing incandescent light bulbs.  The former GE CEO, Jack Welsh, now ‘earns’ $800,000 per month in retirement.  Business is good at GE.

GE and others tell us that the CFLs are more efficient and last a long time.  The CFLs do use less electricity but also produce less light and poor quality light, too.  These CFL units do not work very well in cold climates and, even indoors, may take as long as 3 minutes to ‘warm-up’.  The long life claims, up to five years, decrease drastically if the CFLs are cycled on-and-off with less than 15 minutes run time; the actual life may be only 15% of what is advertised.  We note that the testing is done primarily in China, by the carefully controlled circumstances of their special and reliable test laboratories.

No need to worry about  Greenhouse Gases in the environment when you have CFLs in your home.  However, there is the concern about the mercury vapor within the CFL escaping, should you happen to break one of these Toxin Bombs in your home.  From the EPA website:

An individual is exposed to elemental mercury “when elemental mercury is spilled or products that contain elemental mercury break and expose mercury to the air.” Exposure to mercury can lead to the following symptoms: “tremors; emotional changes (e.g., mood swings, irritability, nervousness, excessive shyness); insomnia; neuromuscular changes (such as weakness, muscle atrophy, twitching); headaches; disturbances in sensations; changes in nerve responses; performance deficits on tests of cognitive function. At higher exposures there may be kidney effects, respiratory failure and death.”

The Washington Times reported on May 3, 2007, that it cost one Maine family $2,004.28 to clean up the toxic mess from just one broken CFL, and that it would “take 16,667 cubic meters of soil to ‘safely’ contain all the mercury in a single CFL.” But, for those who don’t want to pay to have the toxic mess cleaned up, the Times article explained the procedures for cleaning up the mess from a broken CFL, according to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The procedure is provided on the Maine DEP’s Web page entitled, “What if I accidentally break a fluorescent bulb in my home?” According to the site, if you break a CFL:
Don’t vacuum bulb debris because a standard vacuum will spread mercury-containing dust throughout the area and contaminate the vacuum. Ventilate the area and reduce the temperature. Wear protective equipment like goggles, coveralls and a dust mask. Collect the waste material into an airtight container. Pat the area with the sticky side of tape. Wipe with a damp cloth. Finally, check with local authorities to see where hazardous waste may be properly disposed.

In September 2009, the European Union banned the sale of 100-watt incandescent light bulbs, with lawbreakers facing up to $70,000 in fines.  The ‘Nanny State’ is here now (2 minute video):


It may seem like this subject matter of CFLs and Global Warming are old and no longer ‘current events’. With the greater acceptance that the United Nations climate studies are corrupt and the ‘consultant’ expert Al Gore is showing his ‘business’ side more than his looking out for America-side, this subject is once again fresh.  As Americans, do we want to be forced to purchase expensive and toxic goods made in Communist China or do we want to purchase more useful technologies that are ‘Made in America”.  It seems like there is a huge collusion of forces behind this fraudulent global-warming hysteria and President Obama is striving to “not let a crisis go to waste” by milking the Progressives’ caused panic for all that it is worth.  All in Congress who still believe in Man-Caused Global Warming are Political Lemmings–incapable of independant thought.   Maybe, it is a good time to get our legislators to repeal the CFL rules.  Contact your legislators about this (as I have), if you feel as angry with your Senators and Congressmen as I do. 

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. GoSaints! permalink
    February 25, 2010 8:57 am

    Thanks for providing this reminder of this stupid legislation that takes effect during the year of our next Presidential election. If solving these imagined problems is so intensely important to the Congress, why do they have to ‘put off’ the solution for several years. Is it political expediency? Maybe the problem is not really a problem, after all? I like that you have videos in your article; nice touch. I agree with you that the incandescent light bulb ban needs to be repealed. President Bush should not have signed this legislation into law–total foolishness. I do not want to be required to keep the “toxic bombs”, as you call them, in my home.

  2. Keith permalink
    February 25, 2010 9:54 am

    I buy all my incandecent bulbs from Ace Hardware. They carry bulbs made in the USA, not Mexico or China. Since the ‘dim bulb congress’ passed that silly law I have been stocking up on various wattage bulbs whenever I go to Ace. I’ll never run out.

    Whenever you buy, check the package and make sure you ‘Buy American’.

  3. notamisandrist permalink
    February 26, 2010 12:48 pm

    Thank you for reminding me to write my representatives to start demanding a recall of all these ridiculous laws that have been passed or on the block (Crap and Trade) in the name of global warming. Thank you also for reminding me to visit the bane of leftists (Walmart) to add to my growing stockpile of zero-potential-for-making-my-home-an-EPA-Superfund-Wastesite incandescent lightbulbs…including my favorite pastel pink lightbulbs, which cast the WARMEST color light of all. The hollow white light cast by CFLs is unnatural, cold, and austere and makes me feel like I’ve been forgotten deep down in some secret bureaucratic basement awaiting my interrogation and sentencing. Hmmm, a little psych ops on the leftists part maybe? ;>)

    What exactly was the impetus to focus on and ban, of all devices that use energy, the lowly household incandescent lightbulbs? 11% of energy use in residential homes is for lighting. Refrigerators use 13%. We know how leftists use incrementalism to get what they want. So what’s next in their desire to bring our energy usage to zero in their march to return us to feudalism and peasant lifestyles? How about the steady drip drip of “grow locally, buy locally” that “foodies” have been touting? The farmers market trends? Buy fresh daily? I would not be surprised one bit if the next device that will be banned or severely limited is the refrigerator…we should be going to the local market everyday for our provisions….they do it in Europe ya know and we all know how much we want to be like them. (ahem). And have you ever seen the size of their refrigerators? Something like you’d see in a college dorm.

    Besides, I don’t buy the leftists’ whole premise that there is an energy crisis. It is a completely manufactured crisis conspiracy by leftists where they’ve shut down any ability for us to “harvest” our own abundant energy resources, from off shore drilling to oil extraction from shale to ANWAR to nuclear energy, you name it. We are held back from our potential by leftists posing as caring environmentalists. It’s a total sham and fraud, just like the whole global warming ponzi scheme…..and the false panacea of CFLs.

  4. Elsa Rivera permalink
    March 2, 2010 4:31 pm

    I fell for this 5 years ago and lived in darkness until I went shopping and bought some incandescent bulbs and saw the light once more. The light from the China made CFLs is inferior. I have to wonder how many congressmen and Senators use the CFLs exclusively in their homes. How many CFLs are in Obama’s Office? He probably has O.

  5. Kim permalink
    March 2, 2010 6:32 pm

    Thank you for all you bring into the light, nopoliticallemmings. I am spreading the word about your blog – I hope you don’t mind!

  6. oldbiker1 permalink
    September 4, 2010 12:36 am

    I hope this very poor law can be repealed — it might be possible if the current opposition party can regain control of one or both houses. If not, we’re stuck with this unnecessary and useless law. In the meantime, I’m going to devote one of my closets to the storage of incandescent bulbs.

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